CHARLES LEROY MORGAN (1840-1924)

Charles Leroy Morgan, Confederate lieutenant colonel, son of Hiram and Rebecca (Gillespie) Morgan, was born in Bastrop County, Texas, in August 1840. When the Civil War began, he joined the Eighth Texas Cavalry, known as Terry's Texas Rangers. He served as a lieutenant with the command in Tennessee but returned to Texas in December 1861. When the Eighteenth Texas Cavalry was organized in the spring of 1862, he enlisted in a company raised by his brother Hiram and was elected regimental major. The Eighteenth Texas was among those Confederate units captured at Arkansas Post in January 1863, but Charles Morgan was not with the regiment. By September 1862 he had command of an independent squadron of around 150 men. He was popular and talented, and his squadron eventually grew to a regiment. His command was attached to William Henry Parsons's Texas Cavalry Brigade and served with distinction in Arkansas, Missouri, and Louisiana. The war ended before Morgan received official recognition of his regiment from Richmond; thus he was paroled a lieutenant colonel at the age of twenty-four, at Houston. About 1867 he married Mary A. Duvall, and they had six daughters and one son. After the war Morgan engaged in the merchandising business and was active in the Parsons' Brigade Association of Confederate veterans. He died on March 11, 1924, in Runnels County, Texas.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: John Q. Anderson, ed., Campaigning with Parsons' Texas Cavalry Brigade, CSA (Hillsboro, Texas: Hill Junior College Press, 1967). Anne J. Bailey, Between the Enemy and Texas: Parsons's Texas Cavalry in the Civil War (Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press, 1989). B. P. Gallaway, The Ragged Rebel: A Common Soldier in W. H. Parsons' Texas Cavalry, 1861-1865 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1988). William Heartsill, Fourteen Hundred and 91 Days in the Confederate Army (Marshall, Texas, 1876; rpt., Wilmington, North Carolina: Broadfoot, 1987). Parsons' Texas Cavalry Brigade Association, A Brief and Condensed History of Parsons' Texas Cavalry Brigade (Waxahachie, Texas: Flemister, 1892; rpt., Waco: Morrison, 1962).

Anne J. Bailey

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "MORGAN, CHARLES LEROY," http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/MM/fmo48.html (accessed October 23, 2005).

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WAS YOUNGEST COLONEL IN CONFEDERATE ARMY

Bastrop Advertiser

March 22, 1924

The death of Colonel C. L. Morgan, which occured in Ballinger, Tuesday morning, March 11th, 1924, removed from the walks of life a distinguished citizen and one of the youngest colonels who served in the Confederate service.

Col. Morgan was born in Bastrop county, Texas, August 24, 1840, and was living in his 84th year when called over there. At the beginning of the war between the states, Mr. Morgan, not yet of age, entered the services of Terry's Texas Rangers. In later months of the service he was one of the one hundred men who became the body guard of General Hindman. At the age of 21 years, as a member of the 8th Texas Regiment, he was given the commission of Colonel of Morgan's Regiment. He was presented to Gen. Hindman as the youngest colonel in the Confederate Service.

Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, 3:30 o'clock at the home of Mrs. W. J. Coulson and interment made in Coleman cemetery. Rev. B. D. Kennedy of the Presbyterian church and Rev. T. S. Armstrong of the Methodist church, conducted the funeral services. - The Democrat-Voice Coleman, Texas.

Charles Leroy Morgan

~1839 - 1924

Born in Bastrop County, TX around 1839.

Possibly resided in Bastrop County, TX.

Mustered into Company D at Houston, TX on September 7, 1861.

Elected 1st Lieutenant.

Discharged in December 1861 due to illness and returned to TX.

Enlisted in Hiram Morgan's Company, 18th Texas Cavalry in the spring of 1862.

The 18th Texas Cavalry was captured at Arkansas Post in January 1863, but we was absent.

He was commanding an independent squadron of 150 men by September, 1863.

His command became a regiment and was attached to Parson's Taves Cavalry Brigade.

Later commanded battalion attached to W. H. Parson's Texas Brigade in Trans-Mississippi theater.

Died in 1924.